Baton Rouge leaders helping victims of major Nepal earthquake

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Local organizations and state legislatures are helping people of Nepal after a massive earthquake leveled parts of the country last week.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country Friday, destroyed hundreds of buildings and has killed over 6,000 people so far. LSU student Sunil Paudeal, who is a native of Nepal, said he was frantic for several days because he couldn't get in contact with his family back home.

"I couldn't sleep," said Paudeal. "I was constantly searching media websites and Nepal radio stations just to hear something."

Fortunately, he said his family was okay, but the country is in dire need of help.

"There is a scarcity of everything now. There is a scarcity of food. There is a scarcity of water," explained Paudeal.

We are told there are at least 5 people from Louisiana stranded in Nepal. State representative Valorie Hodges of District 64 in Watson, LA. said she and other legislators are making sure they are doing their part to help.

"I was thinking how can we raise money, and if each one of the state representatives gives $100 that's $10,000 and we've already raised $3,000," said Hodges.

Paudeal is a part of the Nepal student association. He said students have already set up an online donation fund and are asking for help.

"I think as a human being we should at least care about what's going on in another part of the world," said Paudeal. "I am making a plea to please help us."

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